Community Thread: The First Coast Since MLK

How far have we come toward racial equality since the civil rights era? What does it mean to be black today? How can we have a black President while events like Ferguson continue to occur? As PBS presents a nationwide exploration of these questions in “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise”, WJCT will host a televised forum with a panel of experts to discuss our progress with racial equality on the First Coast.

The discussion will be co-hosted by Melissa Ross, Host of First Coast Connect, and by Darryl Willie, Executive Director of Teach for America.

Community Thread: The First Coast Since MLK

Recording: October 25th at 7 WJCT Studios 100 Festival Park Ave
Airing: November 10th at 8pm on WJCT TV & 89.9 WJCT FM

WJCT’s “Community Thread” invites the community to join in one big conversation about the topics affecting us most. “Community Thread” is a TV show and radio stories that respond directly to audience-submitted questions.

Each quarter, the public is invited to submit questions on a new topic by email to or on Twitter using the hashtag #WJCTThread. Members of the public are also invited to attend the “Community Thread” TV show taping and ask questions directly to a panel of experts. Our news team will also sift through the questions and provide answers to many of them in radio stories, to keep the conversation going.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Paula Wright – Duval County School Board Member
  • Nyah Vanterpool – Program Coordinator for OneJax
  • JeffriAnne Wilder – UNF Racial Equality Professor
  • Alton Yates – Civil Rights Activist/Local Historian

What are your thoughts or questions about the First Coast since MLK? Be part of our studio audience and share your voice!

  • All guests must arrive at 6:30 and must be seated by 6:45 or they will not be allowed into the studio.
  • Tickets are free, but space is limited.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


WJCT Studios
100 Festival Park Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

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